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Hayes remembers FAMU's Gaither

Hundreds of Jake Gaither's former players attended a 2{-hour funeral Saturday, remembering the late Florida A&M coach as a fair, religious man who always expected the best.

Gaither's most famous pupil, Olympic sprint gold medal winner and former Dallas Cowboys great Bob Hayes, teased that his coach really didn't want integration.

"He had all the good players," said Hayes, reminding the audience that black players couldn't attend Southern universities during most of the Gaither era.

But, Hayes added, Gaither's teams would have averaged 60 points a game against today's best teams.

The man known as "Bullet Bob" for his world-famous speed staggered at the end of his salute, bringing tears to hundreds in the audience.

"I hate to see him go," Hayes said. "I cannot rejoice. I can only say, "Jake, goodbye, and I love you.' "

HORSES: Thirty-six horses were killed in an early morning blaze in a horse barn at Fonner Park in Grand Island, Neb. . . . Mary Rafferty, an exercise rider critically injured after she was thrown from Vindication on Monday at Gulfstream Park, died Saturday. She never regained consciousness after fracturing her back.

TENNIS: Top-seeded Steffi Graf overcame a service break at the start of semifinal match against unseeded Iva Majoli before overpowering her 6-4, 6-1 in the $400,000 Evert Cup. Graf faces sixth-seeded Amanda Coetzer in today's championship in Indian Wells, Calif. . . . Andre Agassi routed Karsten Braasch 6-1, 6-4 to advance to today's finals of the $288,750 Nuveen championships in Scottsdale, Ariz. He will play the winner of Saturday night's match between second-seeded MalaVai Washington and Luiz Mattar. . . . John McEnroe and Boris Becker lost a Rotterdam, Netherlands, doubles match to unseeded Jeremy Bates and Jonas Bjorkman, 6-4, 6-4.

BOXING: Steve "Lightning" Little floored champion Micheal Nunn in the first round and won a subsequent war of attrition to capture the WBA super-middleweight title in London. Little, who hadn't fought in more than a year, upset the plans for a Nunn-Nigel Benn bout this summer. Benn, the WBC champion, fought No. 1 contender Henry Wharton later on the card. Nunn wore Little down in the middle rounds, but Little found a late second wind that secured him the points in a split decision. The judges scored it 115-112, 116-114, 113-115. . . . Orlando Canizales scored a fourth-round technical knockout of Gerardo Martinez Saturday in San Jose, Calif., to retain his IBF bantamweight title.

_ Compiled from Times wires

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